Films & Television Homaged as Comics

Comics added May 9, 2022 | Comic Cover Special Collections

Terminator (Movie)

The Exorcist (Movie)

Pulp Fiction (Movie)

300 (Movie)

The Mask (Movie)

Enter the Dragon (Movie)

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (Movie)

The Lost Boys (Movie)

Mars Attacks (Movie)

The Matrix (Movie)

Purple Rain (Movie)

Westworld (Movie)

Wizard of Oz (Movie)

Stephen King's 'It' (2017 Movie)

The Nun (2018 Movie)

Films & Television Homaged as Comics

Pop culture, the general medium of entertainment, pervades modern cultures around the world. Films and television — both live action and animated — bring fantastic stories to life for global audiences every day like no other medium. It is only natural that comics homage classic and popular movies and television programming.

A movie homage often mimics a movie poster, which, like some comics, may be highly collectable. A movie poster homage is typically one-and-done. Few are published as a series or an extended, planned event. There are exceptions to this rule, however. DC Comics, for example, published movie poster homages for several months in the spring of 2015 for all of their titles at the time. Some popular movie posters, such as Star Wars and Purple Rain, are homaged frequently.

Other movie homages sometimes borrow a memorable scene, such as the scene from The Shining in which Jack Nicholson has broken through a door with an axe and says, “Heeeeeeerrre’s Johnny!”

Some borrow the likenesses of memorable characters – often female – and familiar props to create “cosplay” covers. Zenescope, a popular independent comic book publisher, frequently offers cosplay covers of this type which homage popular super heroes and villains from other publishers (i.e. DC and Marvel), and familiar movie characters from many Disney and Star Wars films.

Television homages in a similar manner typically use the likenesses of popular and/or well-known television characters, such as characters from Star Trek, Scooby-Doo or Bewitched.

Not all film and television homages are of the wholesome, feel-good, family-friendly variety. Many comics homage popular horror films which have haunted our dreams for decades. Films such as The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street and Jaws are homaged nearly as often as their family-friendly counterparts.

Whatever one’s preferred genre of film or television, collectors are sure to find an homage to their liking, such as those listed below.